North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – September 20th, 2013
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – With the full moon this week and water temperatures dropping, look for walleyes to hit crankbaits at night in six to 12 feet. During the day, 15 to 18 feet remains best with live bait off the reefs or on the mud flats in 22 to 28 feet. Start working the rock reefs for muskies with big minnows or bucktails, and smallmouth bass are active on the rocks as well.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Trolling crankbaits and leadcore in the main basin is the ticket for walleyes in 25 to 27 feet or 30 to 35 feet off Zippel Bay, Stoney, and Long Point. Jigging with a minnow has produced walleyes near Lighthouse Gap and Pine Island in 27 to 30 feet during the day or six to 12 feet in the evenings. Sturgeon continue to hit crawlers on the edges of deep holes on the Rainy River. At the Northwest Angle, a jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 23 to 27 feet near Skeet, Oak, and Crowduck islands. Perch and crappies are biting in 35 to 45 feet, smallmouth bass are active near rock points in 15 to 25 feet, and muskies are hitting shallow-running crankbaits near Oak Island.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
(800) 382-FISH www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com
A jig and minnow has started producing walleyes in eight to 12 feet around First Duck and Second Duck points, the Meadows, and Hardwoods area. There is some evening walleye action on the east side of Walker Bay with minnows in 16 feet, but the crankbait bite at night has slowed. Perch action is improving with bigger minnows in the weeds of Portage Bay, Sucker Bay, and the Narrows in six to nine feet.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in Sand Bay in 28 to 32 feet. A few crappies have started hitting at the mouth of the Rat Root River in Black Bay – look for suspended fish. Bear hunting reports continue to be limited and grouse hunting is tough with the cover.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
The Duck Pass and Rock area on the southeast corner are giving up walleyes via spinners and crawlers or jigs and minnows in six feet. Little Stoney Point is kicking out walleyes in seven to 10 feet and look to the points on the west side in six to 10 feet. You’ll find perch in these areas as well, usually weed-related, but you have to find pods of bigger fish in four to eight feet.
Lake Winnie Resort Association www.lakewinnie.net
A jig and minnow or vertically-presented jigging Rapala is working best for walleyes at Lake Bemidji in 20 to 32 feet and Cass Lake in 14 to 16 feet. Lake Beltrami, Portage Lake, Big Turtle Lake, and Campbell Lake are producing bluegills in less than 12 feet. Muskie anglers are seeing fish, but not hooking many along the weedlines of Bemidji and Cass. Goose hunters are finding fewer birds this week and bears have been more active, but mainly at night.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Jigs and plastics are providing consistent bass action in the deep weeds of North Long Lake, Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, and Round Lake. Walleyes are hitting a jig and fathead minnow on the 16- to 30-foot weedlines of Whitefish Lake, Gull, and North Long. Look for sunfish around docks or in the shallow weeds of Hubert Lake, Cullen Lake, the Highway 371 side of North Long, and Round.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
A jig and minnow started turning walleyes at Woman Lake and Ten Mile Lake in 18 to 24 feet. Look to the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Pleasant Lake and Birch Lake for panfish. Big bucktails are raising muskies on the weedlines of Woman, Little Boy Lake and Baby Lake.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Boat traffic has been minimal, but when the wind is calm you’ll find walleyes and northern pike in five to eight feet or near deep structure. Bear hunting has improved and there has been a run of bigger bears shot this week. Grouse hunters are flushing birds, although the thick cover has made for tough shooting.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Minnows are producing walleyes and northern pike in 12 to 22 feet on Lake Koronis. At Rice Lake, you’ll find sunfish in four to 10 feet and suspended crappies over 16 feet. Look for sunfish in six to 10 feet on lakes Grand, Pearl, Goodner, Becker, Horseshoe, and Cedar Island. Catfish continue to hit on the Sauk River.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Crappies are suspended and hitting plastics tipped with minnows on Sauk Lake in eight to 12 feet, Big Swan Lake in 12 to 18 feet, and Lady Lake over 15 to 20 feet. On Lake Osakis, you’ll find crappies and sunfish on the bars in Town Bay over eight to 12 feet. Lindy rigs and minnows are producing walleyes on Sauk in four to six feet, as are jigs and fatheads on Osakis in eight to 22 feet. Golden shiners started turning walleyes on Big Birch Lake, while Little Birch is a safe bet for smallmouth bass.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Look for suspended crappies from the weedlines out to 20 feet on lakes Sand, Bowstring, Big Cutfoot, and Little Cutfoot. Bluegills are sticking to the 12- to 14-foot weeds of Lake Pokegama, Graves Lake, and Bass Lake. Walleyes are hitting minnows and crawlers on the deep structure of Pokegama, Trout Lake, and Lake Wabana. A few muskies have been taken via trolling for suspended fish over deep water at Moose Lake, Deer Lake, and North Star Lake. Bear hunters are seeing a lot more activity at their baits now that most berry crops in the area have dried up.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281